Step out and take a stroll at weekend walking festival

Gateway Festival Leaflet EMN-150917-165712001
Gateway Festival Leaflet EMN-150917-165712001

The Lincolnshire Wolds is fast becoming recognised as an outstanding walking venue - with the annual Wolds Walking Festival highly rated.

Now, the local walkers and welcome groups have joined forces for their own series of free walks. This weekend it is Horncastle’s turn to play host and everyone is invited to take part. The Gateway to the Wolds’ Horncastle walks event begins on Saturday, September 26, with a seven- mile Toynton Trail, led by Julian Millington.

The leisurely walk sets off at 10.30am from the Wong Car Park (off Boston Road behind the Black Swan) and takes in High and Low Toynton.

Walkers are asked to bring a packed lunch. Also on Saturday, a rather less strenuous one to two mile Town Walk will leave from the Library in Wharf Road at 2pm. This walk will be led by Bob Wayne, who has a particular interest in the opening of the Horncastle canal, which led to the development of the town and a doubling of its population in less than half a century.

A geocache treasure hunt is taking place from 2.30pm on Saturday, in the Market Place, a 4-mile walk.

On Sunday morning, Gail Dymoke will lead ‘Touching the Wolds’ from the Market Place at 10am, taking in Fulletby before returning to Horncastle down the valley through Farthorpe and Midthorpe.Again packed lunches are advised, and well behaved dogs are welcome. There are also two self-guided walks starting from the town cente, with cards available at no cost from the Sir Joseph Banks Centre in Bridge Street or the library in Wharf Road or downloaded from